2.45pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Haaland can join for right price, Alaba still wanted, Tuchel tried to sign Kante

THOMAS TUCHEL saw his Chelsea team labour to a 0-0 draw against Wolves.

And in order to resolve their problems up front, the Blues are looking to sign Erling Haaland from Dortmund.

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  • sstreet

    IN IT FOR THE LONG HAAL

    Chelsea are looking to complete a deal for Erling Haaland this summer, according to Sky Sports.

    Real Madrid are favourites to sign the player, the report says, but Chelsea are ready to make their move and have the money to get the deal done.

    Haaland is under contract with Dortmund until 2024 but will have a release clause of £66m automatically triggered in summer 2022.

    And the German side are therefore ready to listen to any offers above this amount, and will be hoping for a bidding war.

  • Josh Graham

    AZ TO BE KIDDING

    Christian Pulisic was only too keen to help out Thomas Tuchel after the new Chelsea boss was involved in an embarrassing nickname mix-up.

    The German arrived at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the axed Frank Lampard.

    Tuchel passed on instructions to Cesar Azpilicueta
    Sub Pulisic explained the skipper's nickname is 'Azpi'

    Just prior to the second half of the goalless draw getting underway, Tuchel called captain Cesar Azpilicueta over to issue some instructions.

    He was caught on camera yelling 'Azpli, Azpli' – with the defender's actual nickname 'Azpi'.

    Pulisic, who later came on as a substitute, then quickly sprung into action to ensure Tuchel and Azpilicueta didn't get off on the wrong foot.

  • Josh Graham

    CAN I HAVE THE BILL, PLEASE?

    Chelsea star Billy Gilmour looks set to leave Chelsea on loan this month as he looks to cement his place in Scotland's Euro 2021 squad.

    SunSport looked at five potential destinations.

    The Scot could link-up with Steven Gerrard at old side Rangers.

    But West Brom, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Wolves have also been suggested as potential destinations.

  • Josh Graham

    PERSONAL TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel moved to reassure dropped stars ahead of his first game in charge of Chelsea last night.

    The Blues drew 0-0 with Wolves at Stamford Bridge, as the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner missed out on the starting XI.

    Even ahead of the game Tuchel, 47, admitted that it was the most 'unfair' selection of his career.

    But behind the scenes, the German had already looked to make sure that those who missed out weren't alienated from the off.

    According to The Athletic, one star not involved in last night's starting XI was assured that the manager has 'big plans' for him.

  • Josh Graham

    TOP OF THE KLOPPS

    Here's a statistic that's come out of the Blue – Frank Lampard's Chelsea management record is better than Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool start.

    Lamps was in charge at Stamford Bridge for 84 matches before being sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

    And his record compares favourably with Klopp's first 84 matches at Anfield.

    Lampard's win rate and number of victories are better than the German's, who was hampered by the number of draws at the beginning of his reign.

    Since then, Klopp has gone on to win the Champions League, World Club Cup and the Premier League title.

    Lampard – well, we'll never know how that might have panned out at Chelsea.

    Klopp has sympathy for the former Chelsea manager, calling his sacking by owner Roman Abramovich 'really harsh'.

  • Josh Graham

    OD CHOICE

    Callum Hudson-Odoi won man of the match in Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Wolves last night, despite being asked to play an unfamiliar role as a wing-back by new boss Thomas Tuchel.

    Hudson-Odoi impressed going back as well as forward and snuffed out a dangerous Wolves attack.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed against WolvesCredit: PA:Press Association

    He said: "I spotted it straight away.

    "I said to myself I have to get back there as quick as possible and I gave all my effort to do so and try to get a little touch on the ball to take it away."

    Asked about his positional switch, the 20-year-old replied: "It was something new for me.

    "It was my first time trying it yesterday [in training] and I felt alright playing in it, it wasn’t a problem for me.

    "It was good trying to play that position and no matter where the manager asks me to play I will try to do my best."

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH OFF

    Thomas Tuchel is up and running at Chelsea but only with a 0-0 stalemate at Wolves last night.

    After the game, he told the press: "But when I look at this game I’m pretty amazed.I can totally identify with what we did. I would have been happy to have a full stadium here.

    "I think the supporters would have liked what they saw: 16 recoveries in the last third is proof of energy on the pitch. 

    "We managed to keep the game in the opponents’ half, closed down counter-attacks early, created half chances, more with every minute.

    "I was very happy with what I saw, how we closed down spaces."

  • Josh Graham

    TUCHING BASE

    Chelsea's latest 'revolution' has begun, after appointing their 15th manager of the 17-year Roman Abramovich era.

    Thomas Tuchel was unable to have an instant positive impact, as the Blues laboured to a 0-0 stalemate with Wolves at Stamford Bridge last night.

    How Chelsea could line up under Thomas Tuchel next season

    But Rome wasn't built in a day, and the German will hope to put his own stamp on the squad in the summer, even if the length of his 18-month contract wouldn't suggest that he'll be sticking around for a while.

    Top of his wishlist is believed to be a raid on former club Borussia Dortmund for superstar Erling Haaland.

    The 20-year-old has scarcely stopped scoring since joining the German side 12 months ago – bagging 37 goals in 37 games since.

    The Blues have been linked with RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, who will be available for just £38million in the summer.

    They are likely to try and sign soon-to-be out-of-contract Bayern Munich stalwart David Alaba on a free transfer, although Real Madrid appear to be in the driving seat.

  • Josh Graham

    NIP AND TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel had private conversations with THREE Chelsea players before the 0-0 draw against Wolves.

    The new German boss is said to have taken aside some of the players he would leave out of his first game in charge.

    The Athletic reports Reece James and Timo Werner were spoken to directly by the former PSG manager.

    Tuchel explained that his selection was 'unfair' with just 24 hours to throw a side together.

  • Josh Graham

    BLUE PLANET

    Thomas Tuchel claims Chelsea can conquer the world with him in charge.

    Tuchel insists every player has a fresh start with him and nothing is impossible with the squad at his disposal – despite kicking off his reign with a goalless stalemate against Wolves.

    Tuchel said: “I am absolutely sure we have the capacity to hurt everybody in every league and every competition. And it’s my job to take the team to that level as fast as possible.

    “I want to focus on our strengths, not our weaknesses from now on. I will focus on the amazing mix between experienced players, big personalities and young and hungry talent.

    “And I am used to creating special energy to achieve the possibility of winning every three days in a league like this. I believe we can do this on a daily basis.

    “What I have found is a very open staff, helpful, friendly people a team open to our ideas.

    “It was an unfair line up today. I had no reason to leave anybody out. From now on is the starting point and we will focus on our strengths and qualities we have and build a team that nobody wants to play against.”

  • Josh Graham

    ZSOLT FROM THE BLUE

    Thomas Tuchel has added three trusted backroom advisors to his Chelsea staff.

    Arno Michels, Zsolt Low and Benjamin Weber have all followed the German over from Paris Saint-Germain.

    Tuchel has trusted countryman Michels, 53, since they met while studying for their coaching badges.

    First joining the new Chelsea boss at Mainz, he has followed Tuchel ever since.

    Hungarian coach Low, 41, is a more recent addition and has only worked with the manager since 2018.

    Tuchel worked with the former defender while he was a player at Mainz and he coached at Red Bull clubs Salzburg and Leipzig before moving to PSG.

    Video analyst Weber is another long-term ally of the 47-year-old. He joined Tuchel's staff at Mainz and is said to have had a big influence in Paris, following predecessor Unai Emery's trouble in getting his players to review their footage.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea reign has started with a goalless draw against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

    The result lifts the Blues back above Arsenal into eighth, but fans will be disappointed that they lacked sharpness in the final third.

    However one stat that may impress supporters is that Tuchel has already broken a club record.

    Chelsea completed 433 first half passes against Wolves.

    Opta, who have only began gathering data at the start of the 2003-04 season, revealed it was the most successful amount of passes in the first half of a Premier League game.

    In other news, Bookmakers Coral have slashed their odds on Frank Lampard taking over as Crystal Palace manager.

    It was previously a 10/1 chance that Lampard’s next top role would be at Selhurst Park.

    But that price has dramatically shortened to 9/2 after the Eagles suffered a 3-2 London derby defeat to West Ham.

    In other news, Billy Gilmour is reportedly considering asking Chelsea for a loan move away from the club.

    Since missing the first three months of the season with a serious knee injury, the midfielder has made only two Premier League appearances.

    Lampard’s dismissal from the Stamford Bridge dugout could lead to a change of fortune for Gilmour.

    And finally, Mundo Deportivo claim that Barcelona want to sign Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso.

    The 30-year-old has been watched by the Catalan club, and Alonso is said to be willing to join the Blaugrana.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PASSMASTER

    Chelsea completed 433 first-half passes in Thomas Tuchel's first game in charge – a record breaking feat.

    The German, who replaced club legend Frank Lampard, saw his new side dominate possession in the opening 45 minutes against Wolves.

    Opta, who have only began gathering data at the start of the 2003-04 season, revealed it was the most successful amount of passes in the first half of a Premier League game.

    Despite bossing the ball, and looking a far more confident side, Chelsea struggled for clear-cut chances.

    They had 78 per cent possession but managed just two shots on target.

    Wolves again put on an impressive defensive display, with Chelsea having only 11 touches in the visitor's box.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FRANK BACKED

    Bookmakers Coral have slashed their odds on Frank Lampard taking over as Crystal Palace manager.

    Just a few days after being axed by Chelsea, the 42-year-old is already being tipped to make a swift return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

    It was previously a 10/1 chance that Lampard’s next top role would be at Selhurst Park.

    But that price has dramatically shortened to 9/2 after the Eagles suffered a 3-2 London derby defeat to West Ham.

    Coral’s John Hill said: “It will be interesting to see where Frank Lampard’s next opportunity will come. It may be a case he will want to stay in and around London.

    “And with Roy Hodgson under pressure to keep his job at Crystal Palace, it isn’t a big surprise that the odds have been slashed on him taking over at Selhurst Park.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DIM VIEW

    Frank Lampard deserved more time to turn Chelsea around like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing to Manchester United, claims Dimitar Berbatov.

    But Old Trafford legend Berbatov still tips Lampard’s successor Thomas Tuchel to “hit the ground running” – as he knows Blues’ owner Roman Abramovic has little patience.

    He told Betfair: “There are similarities between Solskjaer and Lampard. 

    “Both were legends at their respective clubs and were both managing big clubs. Ole was having a tough time at United with ups and downs. 

    “People are asking whether he was going to be sacked and now they are challenging for the title. 

    “In the case of Lampard, I thought he did a great job of getting Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO TUCH OF CLASS

    Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge has ended in a draw.

    There were a lot of positives to take from the match against Wolves, but ultimately the points have been shared at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea have now moved back up above Arsenal and into eighth.

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